Origins of the Fight Clubâ„¢ Series

In 2000 Zach Even painted his first close-up of a brook trout, concentrating on the area around the eye and gill plate. The piece was just one in a series of different animals where Zach concentrated on the area around the animals' eyes. This original idea came out of the necessity for speed, as he faced a deadline in a class he was taking at school. This close-up composition allowed him to create a finished painting in less time than what his other compositions would take (those which include environments and backgrounds as well as the main subject matter).

A couple of years later Zach decided to bring the idea back while competing in a painting competition where artists were given 24 hours to paint or sculpt a finished piece. He chose to do a Rainbow Trout for the competition, and from there has been occasionally adding to the series.